A woman has died after an explosion in Oxford this morning
A young woman was found dead in a house after the blast this morning – which witnesses described as a "chemical incident".
Fire crews are now at the scene in Magdalen Street wearing protective suits. Officers evacuated the street at around 8.45am this morning.
A spokesperson for the police said they believed the incident was related to "chemicals".
A nearby retailer told the Oxford Mail: "All we have been told is it's some sort of chemical incident.
"When I came to the shop there was a lot of sirens and more and more cars, police and fire engines were coming.
A young woman was killed in the explosion in Oxford this morning
"It's a family business so my first thought was actually I hope the family is ok. We haven't been told how long it will last.
"At the moment they have cordoned off most of the road and the firemen are standing around in chemical suits."
Another nearby worker said: "It makes you wonder because nothing like that happens here.
"I have been here thirty years and never seen such a large police presence."
Residents described the situation as a "chemical incident"
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A Thames Valley Police spokeswoman said: "Police are dealing with a fear for welfare incident in Magdalen Road. The road has been closed.
"Members of the emergency services are wearing chemical suits as a precautionary measure as it is believed the person may have access to chemicals."
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